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The Holkan is the unique unit of the Mayan civilization.


Compared to the Spearmen they replace, Holkan have the following differences:

Holkan do very well at repelling an early attack. Since they can be built quickly and do not rely on a resource, you can have them up and running ready for a horse-based attack - particularly useful if you're against an opponent with an early-era unique mounted unit.

Like all early no-resource units, Holkan can run early attacks, but it's highly likely that your opponents will already have Archers and possibly Axemen, making it a more difficult route than most.

Civilopedia entry[]

Warfare among the Mayans was a bloody and constant affair, serving both economic and religious purposes. Most leaders demanded tribute from conquered city-states in order to increase their own standing. Yet equally important was the capture of victims for sacrifice. This was the domain of the dreaded Holkan. Elite warriors armed with slingshots, stones and razor-sharp spears, the Holkans were trained specifically to capture enemies alive, to provide fodder for ever-hungry sacrificial altars.

Civilization IV Units [edit]
Land Anti-TankB Archer (BowmanB Skirmisher) Artillery Axeman (Dog SoldierB Phalanx VultureB) Cannon Catapult (HwachaW) Cavalry (Cossack) Chariot (Immortal War Chariot) Crossbowman (Cho-Ko-Nu) CuirassierB (Conquistador) Explorer Grenadier Gunship Horse Archer (Keshik Numidian CavalryW) Infantry Knight (Camel Archer CataphractB) Longbowman Maceman (BerserkerW Samurai) Machine Gun Marine (Navy SEAL) Mechanized Infantry Mobile ArtilleryB Mobile SAMB Modern Armor Musketman (JanissaryW Musketeer Oromo WarriorB) ParatrooperB Pikeman (LandsknechtB) Rifleman (Redcoat) SAM Infantry Scout Spearman (HolkanB ImpiW) Swordsman (Gallic WarriorW Jaguar Praetorian) Tank (Panzer) TrebuchetW War Elephant (Ballista ElephantB) Warrior (Quechua)
Naval Attack SubmarineB Battleship Caravel (CarrackB) Carrier Destroyer Frigate Galleon (East IndiamanB) Galley Ironclad Missile CruiserB PrivateerB Ship of the LineB Stealth DestroyerB Submarine Transport TriremeW
Air AirshipB Bomber Fighter Guided MissileB ICBM Jet Fighter Stealth Bomber Tactical NukeB
Civilian Corporate ExecutiveB Missionary Settler Spy Work Boat Worker (Fast Worker)
Great People Great Artist Great Engineer Great GeneralW Great Merchant Great Prophet Great Scientist Great SpyB
W Added in Warlords B Added in Beyond the Sword